Upcoming Event

Lecture Series: Kathleen Alcalá presents “Prentice Bloedel and the Balance of Nature”

Prentice Bloedel and the Balance of Nature
Lecture featuring Kathleen Alcalá
Author & Creative Writing Instructor

In the late 1920s, Prentice Bloedel succeeded his father as director of Bloedel, Stewart and Welch, a lumber company spanning the continent, with headquarters on Vancouver Island, BC. In 1951, he and his wife Virginia purchased 150 acres on Bainbridge Island. This is when his real career began, seeking to resolve the clash between the natural world and the footprint of humanity upon it.

Join us as we consider the ideals the Bloedel’s brought to the project, along with those of several architects, and the philosophical approaches influential at the time. How do these ideas manifest themselves on Bainbridge Island today? Given our growing population, is it possible for us to live in balance with nature?

After the talk and conversation, Ms. Alcalá will be available to answer questions and sign copies of her book, The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, which will be for sale.

WHEN: Saturday, June 9th at 3pm
WHERE: The Bloedel Residence
TICKETS: $12/member, $28/non-member (admission to Bloedel is included)
Click here to purchase tickets for the Saturday 6/9 Lecture

About Kathleen Alcalá

Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books set in the United States and Mexico. Her most recent is The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, University of Washington Press, with photos by Joel Sackett. In it, she discusses the ways in which successive waves of settlers on Bainbridge have brought their own ideas of living “in harmony” with the land. A graduate of Stanford, the University of Washington, and the University of New Orleans, Kathleen lives on Bainbridge Island and teaches creative writing. Designated an “Island Treasure” by the  BI Arts and Humanities Council, Kathleen was recently dubbed an “Uncommon Westerner” by High Country News.